Day 5 ~ Just Don’t Fall

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“People who stop laughing are always the ones who get hurt.”

Sometimes I believe the only way I get through much of life, is to laugh through it. In my saddest, darkest moments, if I find a way to laugh, I can feel the hurt disappear. If I fuel my pain with more pain, I feel as if I am sinking further into the hurt. But if I surround myself with things that make me laugh, I know I will be ok. I think this is also why my defense mechanism when others are hurt is to try to make them laugh (even if it is at me!)

As long as I continue to let myself laugh and smile, I believe I will be able to get through all the pain and hurt life has to offer.

~Elizabeth

Day 4 ~ Mark of Athena

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“We’re staying together,” he promised. “You’re not getting away from me. Never again.” 

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan is one of my favorite series out there. I love Greek and Roman mythology, and this series creates a modern view of it. What I love most about the series though, are the characters and how well Riordan develops them and their relationships. Similar to Harry Potter, the series starts with the main characters as 12 years olds who go on an epic quest to save the world. As the series progresses, the characters age and mature. (*spolier*)Percy and Annabeth, who start off as reluctant allies form an amazing relationship. It develops beautifully over the course of the series, and in the Mark of Athena you see just how in love these characters are.

This line, I felt, was so very powerful and true for the course of Percy and Annabeth’s relationship. Regardless of the consequences, Percy and Annabeth have always been stronger together than they are apart. This line is said during a part of the book where Percy could choose to save himself, or stay with Annabeth and possibly not survive.

Who wouldn’t want to feel the absolute love of someone who is willing to risk it all for you. Someone who wants to be together with you forever.

~Elizabeth

Day 3 ~ What I Did for Love

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“Grow up and start being happy living in your own skin.”

I have been reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips for over 10 years. While I enjoy romance in a book, I rarely read actual romance novels. But I have read all  of her books (and reread most of them). She has a way of making her characters real and easy to connect to. I was recently rereading ‘What I Did For Love’ and came across this quote. It really connected with me.

I think one of the hardest things is to be happy with who you are. We make excuses, and look for solutions to make us happy. People to make us happy, things to make us happy…and then we wonder why we can’t be happy. No one, no place, and nothing can MAKE us happy. The only person that can truly make us happy, is ourselves. We can surround ourselves with people and things to help us be happy, but in the end we have to look within ourselves to be happy. If we aren’t happy, we have to ask why and make the changes until we are.

I have decided I am ready to grow up, and be happy in my own skin. 🙂

~Elizabeth

Day 2 ~ Warm Bodies

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“In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, it all collapses.”

~Warm Bodies

By Issac Marion

I don’t know about anyone else, but like the Zombie R, I often feel the same way. I will have the perfect thing to say in my mind, but when I try to say it out loud, it never translates the same. I have often felt like I have the perfect thought in my head, perfect answer to express, perfect opinion to share, message to relay, but when I open my mouth, it is as if someone removed all intelligence from my head. Especially in more pressuring situations.

I think this is why I prefer writing. I am able to take the time and let my fingers do the talking. They seem to do what my mouth never can 🙂

~Elizabeth

Day 1 ~ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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“Albus Dumbledore had gotten to his feet. He was beaming at the students, his arms opened wide, as if nothing could have pleased him more than to see them all there.

“Welcome!” he said. “Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”
“Thank you!”

He sat back down. Everybody clapped and cheered. Harry didn’t know whether to laugh or not.
“Is he — a bit mad?” he asked Percy uncertainly.
“Mad?” said Percy airily. “He’s a genius! Best wizard in the world! But he is a bit mad, yes. Potatoes, Harry?”

 

What better way to start my 365 day book quote challenge then with the quote that welcomed so many of us into the magical word of Hogwarts! The Harry Potter series was a huge part of my life, and it holds a permanent place on my bookshelf. So like the Great Albus Dumbledore, I will leave my first post with just a few words…

“Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”
“Thank you!”

~Elizabeth

A 365 Day Challenge…take 2

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. ~James Bryce

Well, anyone who followed me last year knows I ‘attempted’ to complete the 365 day challenge of blogging a different book quote each day of the year. And if anyone followed me (of if you look at the post before this one) you can see I only made it to 130 days…

Last year about the 130 day mark, life got a little (more like a lot crazy). I am happy to say since that time, I completed my Masters, relocated to Florida and began my teaching career! Sure life is, and will always be a little crazy, but at the same time I am feeling more settled and ready to try this 365 day challenge again!

Will I make it…not sure, but I am sure going to try!

Starting today January 1st 2013, I will post a quote from a book daily for one whole year.

I believe the right quote has the ability to connect with you in a special way. Some quotes can really speak to us and we are able to relate to them in how they reflect our lives. The right quote from a book has the power to connect and illuminate the meaning and purpose of a book  and by relating to the quote the reader is able to connect with the book.

So with my love of books….

love of quotes….

and determination to complete something

let the challenge begin! (Again!)

~Elizabeth

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Day 130 ~ The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”

Day 129 ~ Where the Wild Things Are

“And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.” 

I think we all want to feel as if some one loves us ‘best of all.’ May it sounds a bit selfish, but that feeling that you are loved by someone ‘best of all’ gives you a feeling of importance and security.

 

Sendak was an extremely gifted writer who according to the Los Angeles Time ‘Revolutionized the children’s genre. Washington Post said that Sendak “transformed children’s literature from a gentle playscape into a medium to address the psychological intensity of growing up.” While his passing is sad, his literary work will live on for children of all ages.

Day 128 ~ City of Fallen Angels

“And then there was you. You changed everything I believed in. You know that line from Dante that I quoted to you in the park? ‘L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle’?”

Her lips curled a little at the sides as she looked up at him. “I still don’t speak Italian.”

“It’s a bit of the very last verse from Paradiso – Dante’s Paradise. ‘My will and my desire were turned by love, the love that moves the sun and the other stars.’ Dante was trying to explain faith, I think, as an overpowering love, and maybe it’s blasphemous, but that’s how I think of the way I love you. You came into my life and suddenly I had one truth to hold on to – that I loved you, and you loved me.”